Boynton Beach Massage therapist Berhane Oliver has been criminally charged with sexual battery in connection with unwanted sexual contact he allegedly made with a female client at Healing Hands of Judah during a scheduled 90-minute massage on or about September 6, 2018. According to Boynton Beach Police Department records, Berhane Oliver put his hand in his client’s underwear and touched her vaginal area. He then allegedly penetrated her vagina with his fingers. The alleged victim told police she immediately told Oliver he was being inappropriate at which time he stopped and apologized. The Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on February 8, 2019 restricting the massage therapy license of Berhane Oliver on account of this alleged incident and preventing him from accepting female clients.
On September 11, 2018, during a control call between the alleged victim and the massage therapist that was recorded by law enforcement, Berhane Oliver admitted to his client that he inappropriately placed his fingers in her vagina. He also apologized and said he misunderstood what she wanted. Oliver made a similar admission to police later that same day and even authored an apology letter to the client.
Berhane Oliver, age 38, has been licensed as a massage therapist since 2011. Healing Hands of Judah is located at 112 South Federal Highway in Boynton Beach.
This is not the first time Behane Oliver has been in trouble with the law. In July 2015, Berhane Oliver pleaded no contest in Broward County, Florida, to Touch or Strike/Battery/Domestic Violence, a misdemeanor. In that incident, he was accused of strangling the mother of his two children while on top of her during a domestic altercation while stating “You are not going to take me away from my kids.” The alleged victim told police she feared for her life. Oliver was disciplined and fined by the Florida Department of Health in May 2018 for failing to report his 2015 plea agreement. In addition, the Florida Department of Health recently suspended Oliver’s massage therapist license because he allegedly was not paying his child-support obligations.
Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched in Florida. A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage at a spa or any location, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected]